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Conventional and Objective Invariance: Debs and Redhead on Symmetry

Lutz, Sebastian and Hartmann, Stephan (2009) Conventional and Objective Invariance: Debs and Redhead on Symmetry. [Preprint]


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This review is a critical discussion of three main claims in Debs and Redhead’s thought-provoking book Objectivity, Invariance, and Convention. These claims are: (i) Social acts impinge upon formal aspects of scientific representation; (ii) symmetries introduce the need for conventional choice; (iii) perspectival symmetry is a necessary and sufficient condition for objectivity, while symmetry simpliciter fails to be necessary.

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Item Type: Preprint
Lutz, Sebastian
Hartmann, Stephan
Additional Information: To appear in Metascience (2010).
Keywords: Objectivity, invariance, conventions, symmetry
Subjects: General Issues > Structure of Theories
Specific Sciences > Physics > Symmetries/Invariances
Specific Sciences > Physics
General Issues > Conventionalism
Depositing User: Stephan Hartmann
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2009
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 15:18
Item ID: 4735

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